Ipswich: More council homes to be built in the town

David Ellesmere (centre) with John Mowles and fellow councillor Bill Quinton at Bader Close. David Ellesmere (centre) with John Mowles and fellow councillor Bill Quinton at Bader Close.

Monday, January 6, 2014
12:33 PM

As bosses at Ipswich council prepare to build their largest new housing development for half a century, they are planning another two major schemes.

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Work is due to start in the spring on 108 new council homes in Bader Close, in the Priory Heath area of the town.

Now the borough is drawing up plans to build a further 107 homes – 30 on land behind the Ulster Avenue shops in Whitehouse and 77 on land owned by the borough on the Ravenswood development.

Work on these homes is not likely to start until the end of this year or early 2015 because planning permission still has to be obtained.

Council leader David Ellesmere said the new homes were vital for Ipswich: “This shows our commitment to the long term development of more affordable homes across the town.

“We are about to start on the biggest single council housing project for 50 years, and we have just completed our first new build council houses in the town for 20 years.”

He said there remained a need for more affordable family homes across the town, and the borough was now in a position to be able to build high-quality properties.

The proposal for the new homes for Ulster Avenue and Ravenswood will be discussed by the borough’s executive later this month – but it is not likely to encounter any opposition at that committee.

Opposition housing spokeswoman Judy Terry was concerned about how the council would fund the new homes – and also about the lack of any overall plan to build new homes across the town.

She said: “There is no overall detailed plan for new homes across the town – what is needed is more smaller homes because people over the age of 55 are looking to downsize.

“I am also worried about how the new homes will be funded – I know the government has allowed councils to build more homes, but is that the best way of building homes? I know developers are looking for more sites in Ipswich and would build homes that people want to live in.”

24 comments

  • Is this 'excuse for a council' intending to build more homes to house those tenants asked to move out so that two neighbouring properties may be converted into a single multi bedroomed property to accommodate those that cannot afford contraception ?

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    Brian Betts

    Tuesday, January 7, 2014

  • Time to move off Ravens wood council estate before my property is devalued again , Start packing the suit cases MOTHER

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    MIGUEL100

    Monday, January 6, 2014

  • Why has not this paper reported the that the cost of knocking the 2 houses into 1 has gone up from 6 to over 15 thousand pounds ? For the family of 14

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    pandy

    Tuesday, January 7, 2014

  • Time to move off Ravens wood council estate before my property is devalued again , Start packing the suit cases MOTHER

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    MIGUEL100

    Monday, January 6, 2014

  • What's up Miguel did you sneeze when you sent your comment ?

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    pandy

    Monday, January 6, 2014

  • Sounds like the council had a plan to build houses which the Tory council didn't take forward at the time, but is now going to progress. One assumes houses are allocated based on a defined criteria. I've never understood the logic of selling public housing at less than it's market value but the present government is planning to increase the discount further. What is the strategic vision?

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    amsterdam81

    Monday, January 6, 2014

  • Amsterdam81 wrote "I've never understood the logic of selling public housing at less than it's market value but the present government is planning to increase the discount further. What is the strategic vision? " The "strategic vision" is to 'buy' the next General election. Cameron hopes we all forget the 5% tax cut for the wealthy, the promise of more tax cuts for the wealthy, the use of taxpayers money to fight in the European courts to preserve huge bonuses for wealthy bankers, the refusal to introduce a mansion tax for wealthy home owners, the handing out of Visas to the wealthy, however they obtained their wealth! ........ combined with the destruction of essential services for the ordinary citizens and a cut back on benefits for the genuinely ill (a disabled man yesterday killed himself due to cuts in his benefits) ..... the "We" in the Tory slogan "We are all in together" means "The wealthy". He is now trying to 'buy' votes by making promises he never intends to keep and by actions such as virtually giving away taxpayer-funded houses (in spite of the fact that Thatcher's legacy proves it is a VERY BAD policy). The question is as to how gullible the electorate is. My guess is that they are not gullible enough to give him a second term.

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    Johnthebap

    Monday, January 6, 2014

  • Sorry mandy ,but i just getting over the flu bug ,lol

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    MIGUEL100

    Monday, January 6, 2014

  • So build more homes to turn around and sell them off to tenants.

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    carrottop

    Monday, January 6, 2014

  • There's a Flagship tenant near me , she's single and got a 8 year old three bedroom house , she do not live there ,she sub let the property to other people,,

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    MIGUEL100

    Monday, January 6, 2014

  • Victor you are right mate , I am in that position , i have a 8 year old three bed detached and would like a two bed bungalow , but they want more money for a crappy little bungalow than what i can get for my house

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    MIGUEL100

    Monday, January 6, 2014

  • Miguel your at it again still the flu bug

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    pandy

    Tuesday, January 7, 2014

  • The trouble with this idea is that Council tenant's still have the right to buy their council home at up to 60% discount, so building new ones which can be sold to the tenant, whom then defaults, and it will end up being bought by Investors to rent out !, a large percentage of homes sold by thatcher are now owned by Investors !!, this is one law that is long overdue to be changed !, thatcher only did it to buy herself votes !!

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    freedomf

    Monday, January 6, 2014

  • If they build more smaller properties (for the over 50's wishing to downsize which could then release 3 and 4 bedroomed houses) then put a condition of tenancy that the property cannot be purchased by the occupier.

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    The original Victor Meldrew

    Monday, January 6, 2014

  • It’s not April yet, is it. So they want more Social Housing but they want to encourage people to buy Social Housing and hence reduce the social stock. IBC has lost 140 social houses over the last 5 yrs to RTB. Also where are we going to build all these new houses ? Measly cap !!!!!!!. Social tenants can get up to 70% discount. Also consider that some of these tenants have never paid a bean toward their rent, all Courtesy of the taxpayers. A large proportion of the properties are also not purchased by the tenants, but greedy relatives, wanting to cash in on the generous discounts. Aspirations are gained like the rest of society, aspirations to get a job, pay our own way and purchase our own housing. Mr Pickles, can’t have your cake and eat it.

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    Peter Jones

    Monday, January 6, 2014

  • Time to move off Ravens wood council estate before my property is devalued again , Start packing the suit cases MOTHER

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    MIGUEL100

    Monday, January 6, 2014

  • The other big issue is that these houses aren't going to the right people. David Cameron said localuk citizens would be priority on the housing list, yet the first home in whitton church lane went to immigrants!? why couldn't the property go to an ex servicemanwoman who has been displaced from the the services due to redundancy. Labour council sicken me with their "make it up as we go along" attitude, these housing plans were not theirs; they date back years from previous tory council plans! Labour are merely taking them as their own. And I agree with the below, they should not get the option to buy below market rate. The tax payer funds these builds, they are not cost neutral to the taxpayer for decades! why on earth should hard working families allow high spec council houses to be given to those who contribute nothing? especially when times are so tough. We need to eradicate the money for nothing labour council, they have already damaged our town beyond repair. They are also allowing certain buildings to delapidate so they have to be pulled down, in a strategy to free up land for development (ransomes sports club for example). It makes you ashamed to be a local sometimes.

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    Rory Breaker

    Monday, January 6, 2014

  • Time to move off Ravens wood council estate before my property is devalued again , Start packing the suit cases MOTHER

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    MIGUEL100

    Monday, January 6, 2014

  • Come on, people, have a heart! All those Romanians and Bulgarians will need somewhere to live!

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    PC Plod

    Monday, January 6, 2014

  • There's a Flagship tenant near me , she's single and got a 8 year old three bedroom house , she do not live there ,she sub let the property to other people,,

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    MIGUEL100

    Monday, January 6, 2014

  • There's a Flagship tenant near me , she's single and got a 8 year old three bedroom house , she do not live there ,she sub let the property to other people,,

    Report this comment

    MIGUEL100

    Monday, January 6, 2014

  • There's a Flagship tenant near me , she's single and got a 8 year old three bedroom house , she do not live there ,she sub let the property to other people,,

    Report this comment

    MIGUEL100

    Monday, January 6, 2014

  • There's a Flagship tenant near me , she's single and got a 8 year old three bedroom house , she do not live there ,she sub let the property to other people,,

    Report this comment

    MIGUEL100

    Monday, January 6, 2014

  • There's a Flagship tenant near me , she's single and got a 8 year old three bedroom house , she do not live there ,she sub let the property to other people,,

    Report this comment

    MIGUEL100

    Monday, January 6, 2014

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